Dancers' Career Development (DCD) has been supporting professional dance for over 40 years. We help dancers to make the often difficult transition from professional dancing to a new career by giving them the confidence and skills they need to keep working beyond dance.

DCD is the only organisation of its kind in the UK and is a world leader in dancer transition

Dancers' Career Development proudly presents:

Dancers' Career Development is thrilled to share with you the release of ‘A Dancer's Journey’ - a moving and powerful short film that follows the emotional arc of the feelings faced by dancers as they move towards and through the end of their performing career.

Featuring the beautiful Eve Mutso, DCD supported dancer and former Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet, and written and directed by the visionary Emma Flett, former dancer and film maker.

Find out more about the making of the film and film premiere here.

Latest news:

Want to join the DCD team?

The Fundraising Officer is a new post within DCD’s core team. This individual will lead on all aspects of income generation for the charity; maximising DCD’s income through the maintenance and development of a diverse range of funding pools. The post-holder will also have the opportunity to lead on the management of a dynamic programme of activities for DCD Patrons, a new programme which launched in March 2017. The Fundraising Officer will communicate an inspiring fundraising narrative reflecting the strategic priorities, needs and motivations of both DCD and its supporters.This post offers huge scope for being directly involved in shaping and delivering DCD’s fundraising strategy moving forward.

This is an exciting and pivotal time at which to join DCD as we are finalising a rebrand (including a new website) to ensure we can actively pursue our ambition to change dancers’ lives.

Flexible working

This post is based on 24 hours per week. The expectation is that the candidate will work one full day per week at the transition centre. The remaining 16 hours will be worked remotely from home, allowing the employee flexibility to split this time as suits their needs, and the emerging requirements of the role.


If you wish to apply for the post, please complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form and send it to

All forms can be found here

Application deadline: 9am Monday 25th September 2017

Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Wednesday 27th September 2017

Interviews will be held: Friday 29th September 2017

For enquiries please contact Jennifer Curry, Executive Director on or 020 7831 1449.

Exclusive Facebook Career Training Day for Dancers

As part of the launch of DCD’s ground-breaking Career Insights Programme, we’re thrilled to announce an exclusive career training day for dancers at Facebook’s Headquarters in London on 25 September.

Come along to be inspired and hear about different career paths from people that have made career changes, at one of the world’s largest and most successful tech companies.

Dancers will also be given tools on managing their own businesses, including design, marketing and advertising ideas.

The full day training will include two sessions:

  • In the morning, hearing first hand from Facebookers from different departments across the company about their own experience of career change, including former dancer Leigh Thomas, now Director of Global Client Partnerships at Facebook.
  • In the afternoon session, learning practical ways to build your own business, including inspiration about how to build your business on Facebook, creative applications, advertising and practical marketing tools and tips.

This is a free event, open to all dancers across the UK planning for or navigating career transition.

Places will be given on a first come, first served basis – so make sure not to miss this unique opportunity!

Apply by emailing Simone at by 5pm on 4 September.

DCD Alumni Celebration Events - coming to a city near you

If you missed our London Alumni Celebration drinks earlier this summer, not to worry - we're coming to Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham in September to connect with dancers and celebrate your amazing transition journeys!

These are free events, open to all dancers, from all genres and at any stage of your career, as well as to all those involved in dance in or around Glasgow, Leeds and Birmingham - informal gatherings with some (free!) drinks, nibbles and inspiration!

"It was a lovely event and I feel inspired and connected to a whole new set of opportunities." DCD supported dancer who attended our London 2017 Alumni Celebration Event

We'll be at:

  • Saramago Café Bar at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on 1 September
  • The Hendricks Room at The Maven in Leeds on 11 September
  • The Distillery in Birmingham on 14 September

We'd love to see as many of our friends and DCD supported dancers there as possible as well as those who don't yet know DCD - so RSVP today and bring a friend!

Come join the party! RSVP by emailing

Check out more reactions and pics from our London 2017 Alumni Celebration Event at #IamDCD - thank you to all those who came along!

Personal Resilience Training for Dancers

DCD is excited to pilot a unique training programme developed by ACT3 Psychology, which is designed to provide professional dancers with psychological skills to help them navigate the challenges of their career.

Organisational and Coaching Psychologists Jaimie Persson and Ross McIntosh tackle this sticky question using cutting edge, evidence based, behavioural science.

We will be delivering interactive workshops for The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet this summer.

The sessions will introduce and offer practice in key psychological skills linked to significant improvements in psychological health, performance and an energised sense of life purpose.

'Making Time for Future You'

Check out this piece in Arts Professional, which takes a look at coaching for creatives, including DCD's coaching programme for dancers.

Steph Vidal-Hall explores the role coaching has to play in building confidence and helping artists make it to the top.

Read the article here.

We’re having a makeover…

Exciting things are happening at the DCD Transition Centre – we’re having a makeover and will be launching a new website late summer…watch this space!

Help us reach our target!

DCD is raising funds to provide two Financial Retraining Grants, allowing professional independent dancers to expand upon their unique skills and strengths and gain additional experience and expertise in the career field of their choice.

No donations too small or large! Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated.

Spread the word using #DCDBoundless.

Click here to watch our appeal film and donate..

For more of DCD's latest news click here

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Contact us
Plouviez House
19-20 Hatton Place
London EC1N 8RU

Tel: (0)20 7831 1449


Dancers’ Career Development, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (registered company number 10137622) and a registered charity (registered charity number 1168958). Registered office: Plouviez House, 19-20 Hatton Place, London EC1N 8RU

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